We are all equal in front of the slot machines…well, not really all of us, because some are luckier than others. And if there is a place where you have to have it, it is in a casino. There’s no need for strategy or cunning to win a jackpot… just be on the machine at the right time and pray hard believing in your lucky star. Many jackpots are distributed every day, but none has yet, to date, exceeded the top 5 that we offer today.
This exclusive Roulette.be Top 5 of the biggest winnings won at the casino reveals the little stories that may make you dream, but which remain great stories experienced by players who, like you, rub shoulders with either online casino sites or land-based casinos.
But before telling you about them, we will explain a little bit about progressive jackpots.
The progressive jackpot
These are the highest winning jackpots, the ones that have made our Top 5 list happy and above all the major selling points of all casinos that offer slot machines. Rather effective, the fact of showing players earning millions by investing small sums is an advertisement that does not shy away. A progressive jackpot is, as its name suggests, an amount that increases as players bet on a machine. A percentage will then feed into the progressive jackpot after each wager, increasing with the wagers of all players. If casinos are particularly proud to show that their players have won thousands or millions of euros or dollars, it is simply because they are not the ones who put their hands in their pockets. In fact, with this system, the casino does not have to invest money to feed a jackpot since it is the players themselves who take care of it. You will therefore easily understand why casinos are delighted when a jackpot, which they have not financed, is offered to one of their players. It’s simply an unstoppable publicity stunt!
An online jackpot
We are going to offer you a top 5 of the biggest winnings in land-based casinos. Most of the time, these phenomenal jackpots have been won in one of the many casinos in Las Vegas. But there is still an example not to be forgotten of fabulous winnings, at an online casino this time. The best example of a progressive jackpot on a slot machine at an online casino is that of a Norwegian who actually still holds the online world record to this day. He simply won the incredible sum of 17.8 million euros in January 2013 on the Mega Fortune slot machine by placing a ridiculous bet of 25 cents! This is undoubtedly the example that proves that it is not mandatory to bet big to win big.
Win a jackpot at the casino
Now that we have explained to you what a progressive jackpot is and revealed to you what is the record for the biggest jackpot pocketed online, it is time to move on to our Top 5 of the biggest wins won in a land-based casino. You are certainly like all other players, a person who has dreamed at least once of winning the jackpot by spinning a machine, whether on the internet or in a land-based casino. The lucky few who have had this great experience of winning great sums on slots will all tell you how incredible this feeling is. Usually, it all boils down to human behavior and reflex when the machine starts screaming to announce the jackpot. We go through a huge adrenaline rush which is then followed by a moment of total incomprehension in general. We don’t believe it, we pinch ourselves, we cry…we go through all the emotions…a bit like the 5 winners that we are going to show you now. Noting that the biggest winnings ever are in the city of games par excellence, namely Las Vegas, we also notice that most of them come from MegaBucks slot machines. It’s not for nothing, since the jackpot for this machine from provider IGT starts at just $10 million. Noting that the biggest winnings ever are in the city of games par excellence, namely Las Vegas, we also notice that most of them come from MegaBucks slot machines. It’s not for nothing, since the jackpot for this machine from provider IGT starts at just $10 million. Noting that the biggest winnings ever are in the city of games par excellence, namely Las Vegas, we also notice that most of them come from MegaBucks slot machines. It’s not for nothing, since the jackpot for this machine from provider IGT starts at just $10 million.
- An anonymous person wins $39,710,826
And not a penny less! Here is the biggest jackpot won in Las Vegas, in the Excalibur casino on March 21, 2013. This absolutely pharaonic amount was won by a person who wished, and we understand, to remain anonymous. It was on the MegaBucks Jackpot slot machine that the person won the biggest win in a casino, having spent around $100 before seeing the machine announce his win of nearly $40 million!
- A fulfilled woman who wins $34,959,458
In second position in our ranking, you can find a lady named Cynthia Jay-Brennan. Waitress in Las Vegas, she takes advantage of a break between two services to try her luck on the MegaBucks machine in the Desert Inn casino, since replaced by the Wynn Las Vegas. It did her a lot of good because she then won a jackpot of $34,959,458. But this stroke of luck did not have effect for long since this pretty story which started rather well ends in tragedy. Indeed, Cynthia’s car was hit by a driver about 6 weeks after she pocketed the jackpot, killing her older sister and leaving Cynthia paralyzed.
- A beautiful retirement with $25,580,879
For the third position of the biggest jackpot won in a casino, we have to go back to November 15, 1998. Audacious and reckless, a retiree who tried herself once again on the MegaBucks machine, hit the jackpot at the Palace Station casino. For the record, it is interesting to note that she had planned to invest $100 on the jackpot machine before stopping, that she extended her game by adding €200 until the fateful moment when she won the jackpot. She then won the biggest win of the time with a bet of $300.
- A profitable break with $22,621,229
Johanna Heundl is a 74-year-old woman from California whose life changed with a simple decision. Decided to go to lunch at the Bally’s casino, she suddenly has a small desire to stop for a few minutes on one of the MegaBucks slot machines flashing in front of her in the slots room. Playing a few coins before going to the table, she explodes the machine with a fabulous jackpot of $22 million which will leave her for long minutes in a state of incomprehension, joy and happiness. The most profitable lunch break in the world!
- The magic finger for $21,346,952
To end our top 5, with the smallest of the biggest winnings won in a casino, we are going to tell you a quick little anecdote that will probably remain forever, the craziest story of all jackpot winners. A man residing in Illinois and on a tourist visit to Vegas, invested only $10 in the machine before seeing it offer him a magnificent jackpot of $21 million. Craziest story? Well yes, because he won it with a single, very first spin. A lucky finger…